How to Increase Desktop Space on MacBook Air or MacBook Pro


You can increase the desktop space on your MacBook Air and MacBook Pro to fit more windows. Here's how it works.

Increase Desktop Space on Your MacBook Air or MacBook Pro to Fit More Windows in a Single Display

Having a tight desktop space is not everyone's cup of tea, especially when you have multiple windows open and the deadline is near. Sure, you can add an external monitor to your setup to spread things out a little, but that is not a great solution either given you spend more time out and about while you get things done.

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Thankfully, there is a solution if you have a MacBook Air or MacBook Pro - Intel or otherwise. A built-in, native feature lets you scale the desktop to grant you more space, allowing you to fit in more windows. The downside? Everything might look a little tiny compared to the default setting. But, I'm sure you already knew that.

Let me show you how you can enable this feature on your Mac.


Step 1. Launch System Preferences on your Mac. You can either do it from the Dock, Spotlight or by clicking on the Apple logo in the menu bar.

Step 2. Now click on Displays.

Step 3. Now click on Scaled next to Resolution.

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Step 4. Click on the More Space option as shown in the screenshot below. Once clicked, you will instantly get a lot more space on your desktop.

While this is great way to give you extra desktop space, but do keep in mind that the obvious tradeoff is the smaller text and window size. Also keep in mind that this feature does not work on third-party external display as you are limited to the highest resolution and macOS won't give you a 'scaled' feature setting like you do on a MacBook Air or MacBook Pro.

If you are looking for extreme space, then it would be space to invest in an ultra-wide monitor. Given how cheap they are these days, picking one up makes perfect sense over a regular display. But, if you are always on the road and constantly moving, then the Scaled feature will take you a long way.

Have an iPad lying around? You can also use Sidecar to extend your Mac's display. This is one of the coolest features around and it works like magic if you already have a compatible iPad lying around.

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Products mentioned in this post

MacBook Air
MacBook Air
USD 675.67
MacBook Pro
MacBook Pro
USD 1031.61

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